Small Animal Hospital Charlottesville

Wellness Care for Pets

Pet Checkup Examinations and Pet Vaccinations

Physical examinations of your pet are extremely important. At Old Dominion Animal Hospital, our veterinarians recommend a pet check-up at least once or twice a year depending on your pet's age and health. These thorough examinations allow your veterinarian at our Charlottesville pet hospital to pick up any problem in its early stages and recommend effective treatment. Your pet's visit is the perfect time to update vaccinations, receive nutritional counseling, to discuss any behavior issues, and to pick up flea, tick and heartworm prevention products from our Charlottesville pet pharmacy.

Veterinary examinations of new pets is suggested before introducing them into your home environment. Old Dominion Animal Hospital's veterinarians will be able to detect congenital problems, and expose infectious diseases or parasites before they have a chance to contaminate your other pets. During the examination we will discuss proper health care and vaccination schedules. Please feel free during your appointment to ask your veterinarian any questions you may have - our Charlottesville animal hospital is here to help your pet have a long, healthy, happy life.

Dogs - Checkups and Vaccines

The American Veterinary Medical Association has divided vaccines for dogs into two categories: Core and Noncore vaccines. Core vaccines should be given to every dog and Noncore vaccines are recommended only for certain dogs in certain situations and environments. Some of the factors involved in determining whether your pet needs a particular vaccine is best discussed with your Charlottesville veterinarian here at Old Dominion Animal Hospital. It may depend on the age of your dog, the breed, your dog's health status, the kind of exposure your dog might encounter from other dogs or from the physical environment.

The Core vaccines include: Rabies, Distemper, Canine Adenovirus, and Canine Parvovirus. Some other vaccines we might recommend for your dog include: Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella (Kennel Cough), and Lyme Disease. Give us a call when you first get your new dog and we will start right away on a personalized vaccination schedule. If your new dog is just a puppy, it is critical that we start as soon as possible with your puppy's vaccines. Puppies can be at high risk for the potentially deadly Parvovirus. We want to make sure we set up a vaccine schedule that is just right for YOUR dog.

Cats - Checkups and Vaccines

The American Veterinary Medical Association has divided vaccines for cats into two categories: Core and Noncore vaccines. Core vaccines should be given to every cat and Noncore vaccines are recommended only for certain cats in certain situations and environments. Some of the factors involved in determining whether your pet needs a particular vaccine is best discussed with your veterinarian here at Old Dominion Animal Hospital. It may depend on the age of your cat, the breed, your cat's health status, the kind of exposure your cat might encounter from other cats or from the physical environment.

The Core vaccines include: Rabies, Feline Panleukopenia (Distemper), Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus. Some other vaccines we might recommend for your cat include: Feline Leukemia, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Bordetella, and Chlamydophila. Give us a call when you first get your new kitten or cat and we will start right away on a personalized vaccination schedule. We want to make sure we set up a vaccine schedule that is just right for YOUR cat.

Avians and Exotics at Old Dominion Animal Hospital

Avians and Exotics at Old Dominion Animal Hospital, a full service veterinary clinic in CharlottesvilleAs an animal hospital dedicated to serving you and your pets, we mean all your pets. Birds, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and all your other friends are welcome at our Charlottesville veterinary hospital. Our veterinarians have special instruments and special knowledge just to meet the special needs of your exotic pets.

Pets such as birds, reptiles, and other small mammals have different diets and different needs compared to those of dogs and cats. Exotic pets, though, may still need to be vaccinated and to be spayed, neutered, or de-scented.

Annual or semi-annual examinations are the most important part of keeping your exotic pet healthy. Their diet and daily management is so important that is it imperative that you bring them in to Old Dominion Animal Hospital for regular check-ups and discussions with your veterinarian about their general health.

Exotic pets are experts at hiding symptoms when they do not feel well. After all, not showing weakness when living in their natural environment is critical to survival. So, if your pet is showing any signs of illness, please bring them in to our a Charlottesville pet hospital as soon as possible.

We are pleased to let you know that Old Dominion Animal Hospital has a Companion Therapy Laser. This veterinary laser has special benefits for treatment of exotic animals. One of the challenges of caring for exotic pets and birds is simply handling the pet during examination and treatment. The laser provides us with easy administration of therapy in a non-contact application. Many exotic animals are stressed when out of their cages or regular environment so the quickness of treatment with the laser is another important benefit. Our veterinarians may also be able to use the laser form of treatment instead of pharmaceutical therapy. Getting and giving medications to exotic pets and birds can be difficult, laser treatments often let us avoid that challenge.